August 6th, 2012
07:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama debuts 'Romney Hood'

(CNN) – Legendary outlaw Robin Hood has suddenly assumed a featured role in the 2012 presidential campaign.

Adding a new attack line on Monday to his stump speech, the president railed against rival Mitt Romney's tax proposals, saying they amount to "Robin Hood in reverse."

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"It's Romney Hood," the president added to loud applause from 500 supporters in a Stamford, Connecticut ballroom.

Obama's campaign isn't yet indicating whether the "Romney Hood" line will remain part of the president's stump speech.

The comments were in reference to a recent report from the non-partisan Tax Policy Institute that claims Romney's tax proposals are likely to result in a net tax increase of $2,000 for middle-class wage earners while cutting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the tax bills of the country's most wealthy.

"He'd ask the middle class to pay more in taxes so he could give another $250,000 to those making more than $3 million a year," Obama also said at the event. The Romney campaign has disputed the study, arguing that the analysis was flawed because it did not account for additional revenue that would result from a reduction in the corporate tax rate - another part of the candidate's plan.

The event was the first of two fund-raisers for the president in Connecticut Monday. Obama is expected to raise more than $2 million from both events combined.

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams responded to the president's remarks in a statement, calling the attacks false.

"President Obama recently said the biggest regret of his first term was not telling better stories. He's trying to make up for it now, but his stories just aren't true," Williams wrote. "There's only one candidate in this race who's going to raise taxes on the American people – and that's Barack Obama. While he's used taxpayer dollars to grow government and reward his donors, middle-class Americans have seen fewer jobs, lower incomes, and less hope for the future. Mitt Romney has a plan for a stronger middle class – and, unlike President Obama, a record of accomplishment behind it."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (537 Responses)
  1. chuck weidemann

    Looks to me based on a lot of these posts......Obama has hit a home run!!! The blogging right wing Romney-botts have their voices in unison ....the truth hurts doesn't it!!!!

    August 7, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. BeezNeez

    Malory Archer

    Was in response to your bogus claim that children were included in the % of non tax paying americans.

    Like I said, nice try.

    August 7, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. mark

    lol he is so unqualified and has proven it for the last 3.5 years this is the best he can do? Run on your record clown see where that gets you.

    August 7, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. historyrepts

    Forget whether you like Obama or Romney, this years presidential election will decide if you want to be ruled by big money or big government.

    August 7, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. mike t

    Romney hood he calls it?What do you call obamas dropping the work rule for welfare that was Bill Clintons crowning acheivment in welfare reform?The fool wants dependents on government support .He has no desire to see those less fortunate achieve a better standard of living.His socialist professors taught him well.

    August 7, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. BeezNeez

    I'll take a rich person who wants to be a politician over a person who wants to become a politician to get rich every day.

    August 7, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Wilson

    Oh good, more liberal poo flinging, trying to make something stick. All they can do is attack since their boy has no good record to run on.

    August 7, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Obama..the enabler...

    Obama never even mentioned the word "REFORM" ie. the tax-exempt-loop-holes.....Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Pres Obama where is the Bill to reform the TAX-CODE...? Now the blame Romney for them enabling WB, Romney and perhaps Harry Reid taking advantage of the legal-tax-exempt-loop-holes.....We heard that Harry earns $millions since woking in Congress.....Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and all other Millionaire DEMS...show us your tax return.....

    August 7, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. simp

    @mfox

    You are stupid because that's what you stupid republicians want to do. You morons hate that we have such an intellengent President and your canadate, not so much!!!LOL!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. BeezNeez

    You can tell all those degrees in Sanskrit and Women’s Literature have really helped the Liberals understand economics and get jobs. Ha Ha Ha

    Time to get a refund. Oh that’s right you want the American taxpayer to give you one.

    August 7, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. chuck weidemann

    Independent thought has become extinct in this republican party!!! Bitterness rules the reaction of the lost ideals of the me and only me.... matters crowd....progress,enlightenment,world view,humanity, is slowly passing by the narrow minded and the desperation shows.

    August 7, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Wilson

    The "Ministry of Truth" will continue to be hard at work. I think liberals need to read 1984, then make some honest comparisons. That might wake them up, at least some of the least brainwashed ones.

    August 7, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. NoBama

    Nobama can't even control spending in his own campaign,. He spent it faster than his intake of fund raising. This is how he has sent the country into the can with his uncontrolled spending. He's done. We need real hope and change. Not this so called leader and moochelle..

    August 7, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. anthony76

    "mark
    lol he is so unqualified and has proven it for the last 3.5 years this is the best he can do? Run on your record clown see where that gets you."

    Care to explain WHY he's unqualified? Here's the record he's going to destroy Willard with....

    Ended Iraq War
    Killed Bin Laden
    AHCA
    Didn't let Detroit go Bankrupt.
    Repealed DADT
    Bail Out which prevented recession.
    (pretty good for 3.5 years and complete obstruction)

    ok.. now its YOUR turn.
    Whats your guy got?
    Matter of fact, whats Bush's record?

    August 7, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Marty, FL

    Take from the poor and middle class to even more to the uber rich–Romney Hood

    Rich paying a fairer share and fighting for a stronger middle class–Pres. Obama 2012

    August 7, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. ART

    Romney is a joke candidate bro

    August 7, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Mike

    @BeezNeez

    No one that went to Harvard Law School needs politics to get rich. If anything going into politics given that background is a sure way to make far less money than you would otherwise.

    August 7, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Lenny Pincus

    Cmon, Patriots. Now that Mitt has released some eensy teensy bits of his tax policy, we know if elected he would be giving his family an 85 million dollar tax cut, while most people's taxes would go up. Patriots, a call to arms! America at its finest. A brilliant businessman who knows how to give himself a raise. Oh beautiful, for spacious skies.....

    August 7, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. LinSea

    @KRG, wasn't a lot of the money Robin Hood stole originally taken from the people through oppressive levels of taxation?

    August 7, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. kebo72

    "The Romney campaign has disputed the study, arguing that the analysis was flawed because it did not account for additional revenue that would result from a reduction in the corporate tax rate – another part of the candidate's plan."

    Curious how reducing the corporate tax rate will account for additional revenue?? Seems to me it would just be the typical GOP reward to their corporate bosses. Oh wait, by reducing taxes to the corporations, there will be pay increases for the workers and in turn the economy will grow. Sure, that's worked in the past.

    August 7, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. LinSea

    Sorry, @Cindy, its Obamacare that slashes half a trillion from Medicare.

    August 7, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Larry L

    Why would anybody vote for Romney until he shows us his tax returns? Whatever he is hiding he believes is bad enough to cost him the election. John McCain said Romney's returns contained "nothing disqualifying". Disqualifying? Does that mean not a felony? It takes something really illegal to be "disqualifying". Yet McCain chose Palin over the guy with "nothing disqualifying". McCain saw the returns and knew Romney could never get elected if America saw his true character as reflected in the tax returns.

    August 7, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. suni

    After reading all the crap about GOP Presidential Candidate, I have made up my mind that I will 100% vote for Romney no doubt this time.
    I hate haters, and that makes me revolt and go for the one you think is hated – Go Romney! There are millions more
    like me who are revolted by comments by you Democrats..dummies!! My friends and family are doing same too!! :-). People wake up! Your hatred for GOP is causing the uprising never seen before, you will be in for a shock come November.

    August 7, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Sivick

    "So the rich get richer.... excellent!!"
    -Satan

    August 7, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. hannah

    What Romney and the right wing wants to do is totally get rid of government. No government oversight of business you are on your own, no FDA, no consumer protection, no post office, privatize roads and bridges, schools. And what happens if this comes about; the middle class won't be enjoying all of the public parks, libraries, we won't be able to send our kids to school, we won't be able to send a letter or package. No social safety nets, no SS or Medicare, again you are on your own. Back to the middle ages, and much like a third world country.

    August 7, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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